The mission of the Local Science Engagement Network (LSEN) is to mobilize scientists and engineers through state-based networks across the U.S. to effectively engage with their communities, elevating the visibility of and trust in science while building and satisfying the demand for scientific evidence that addresses needs, solves problems, and informs state and local decision-making.
Building on learnings from a three-year pilot, AAAS is now expanding LSEN by focusing on four key goals:
- Recruiting and supporting LSEN Liaisons to serve as state-based science engagement leaders who will build and foster networks and facilitate constructive engagements between scientists and local leaders. Learn more and apply today!
- Recruiting and training diverse cohorts of scientists and engineers to serve as science advocates who will engage effectively with decision-makers in their state or region. Sign up to learn more about local LSEN networks.
- Fostering relationships with civic, community, business, and policy leaders and other stakeholders, providing scientific information and insights.
- Building demand for scientific evidence as an essential tool in public decision-making and ensuring that science is in the room where decisions are made.
LSEN participants will have access to training and tools to help as they engage with local leaders in their communities. Additionally, they will be able share ideas and best practices with other participants through state and national peer networks. Any scientist or engineer can get involved. There are three ways to participate:
Lead a Local LSEN Network: Apply to be an LSEN Liaison
LSEN Liaisons will cultivate U.S. state-based networks of scientists and engineers to provide civic engagement opportunities in their communities and promote scientific evidence to inform state and local decision-making.
We are seeking LSEN Liaisons who will recruit and support scientists, engineers, and medical and health experts at all career stages who will foster visibility and develop constructive relationships with civic, community, business, and policy leaders.
AAAS staff will support and guide LSEN Liaisons in building skills in communications, civic engagement, program development, recruitment and activation, and content curation and creation.
Interested in leading an LSEN hub in your state? Apply by Friday, April 14, 2023. This is a volunteer opportunity but there will be a stipend available to final, accepted applicants.
Learn more about the LSEN Liaison role and application process or find the answers to frequently asked questions. Or apply today!
Participate in a Local LSEN Network
An inaugural class of LSEN Liaisons will begin building hubs in three to five new states across the nation in May 2023.
We will continue to add more LSEN hubs in the months ahead. Are you interested in making a difference in your community? Sign up to learn more about local LSEN networks.
When you register, please enter your name, home address and email. Providing your home address allows LSEN to connect you with activities in your community and state, and we can notify you when a hub is established near you.
Join Our National LSEN Community
What if you don’t live in a state with a LSEN hub? No problem! LSEN is building a national network of scientists and engineers who are committed to civic engagement, offering valuable training and resources. Join our online forum, LSEN Community, to chat with other LSEN members and find out how you can advance science-based decision making in your area.